When and how should I clean my grill?

You should clean your grill after every use – at least lightly. Especially grates, as they need to be cleaned completely, every time. Grills (as a whole) should be cleaned thoroughly at least once a year. See below for further details.

GRATES—It’s best to clean your grates after cooking, rather than before. This way, the food particles have not yet had a chance to harden, making it easier to properly clean. Once grates have cooled (but are still warm), use any good, stiff wire brush to remove food particles. For cast iron grates, after removing food particles, use a paper towel and lightly coat the grates with vegetable oil. This will help reduce rusting.

CHARCOAL GRILLS—In addition to cleaning the grates regularly, brush out the ashes and cooked on foods. This will help you maintain good, clean flavors. At least once a year, clean out your charcoal grill with soapy water.

GAS GRILLS—Like charcoal grills, a gas grill should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy, because you will need to take portions of it apart. First, disconnect the gas, and then lift out the grill parts layer by layer. Once everything is removed, clean with soapy water. Put all pieces back together, making sure all connections are probably fastened. Turn on grill and allow it to heat up before cooking, so as to assure all soap has been burned off.

NOTE: Some gas grills will have a knob labeled “clean.” This should not be used in place of the previously described cleaning efforts. You can use this function when preheating your grill, as it will burn up food particles that have fallen from previous grilling, but this function does not actually clean your grill.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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